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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Gen. Chemistry For Engineers CHEM-1410

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-21707

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/10/2013

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S209


Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, S226

Contact Information

Instructor: Lorraine Lindsay

Office: Natural Science, Chemistry H252, Bryan
Phone: 979-209-7424

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, H252
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM, H252

or by appointment


CHEM 1410 is a course designed for engineering majors which will incorporate the major concepts and principles of both CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412. Applications of these principles will be emphasized. The major areas which will be covered are: Matter and energy relationships, structure of matter, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.


Prerequisites: Math 1314 with a grade of "C" or higher or an SAT math score of 550 or higher or an ACT math score of 22 or higher.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


1. Classify atoms, molecules and compounds

2. Describe the characteristics of matter, measurements, and calculations in chemistry.

3. Understand the atomic nature of matter: electrons and nuclei, the elements, ions.

4. Demonstrate the representation and naming ionic and molecular compounds

5. Demonstrate the mole concept of matter, mass-mole conversions, determining chemical formulas, aqueous solutions.

6. Interpret chemical equations to determine yields of chemical reactions, percent yields, the limiting reactant, excess reactants, and reactions involving solutions.

7. Discuss the behavior of both ideal and real gases and reactions involving gases.

8. Understand the properties of electrons, quantum theory and quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals, and chemical periodicity.

9. Discuss ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity.

10. Draw Lewis structures and use VSEPR theory and Valence Bond theory to describe molecules.

11. Summarize the properties and behavior of solids and liquids.

12. Describe the energy changes of chemical reactions.

13. Illustrate how energy, entropy and free energy affect the spontaneity of chemical processes.

14. Understand the field of chemical kinetics applied to reaction mechanisms and rates of reaction.

15. Demonstrate the principles of chemical equilibrium.

16. Describe the different types of electrochemical cells.



Textbook: Chemistry for Engineering Students, 2nd Edition, Lawrence S. Brown & Thomas A. Holme, Thomson Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010.

Lab Manual:General Chemistry for Engineers 1410 Lab Manual, Steve J. Rathbone, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2012.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)

Student Solution Manual and Study Guide, Steve Rathbone, Cengage Learning 2006. (Optional)



eInstruction CPS clickers; availablae at Blinn Bookstore or online.

Course Requirements


During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. There will be assigned material that will not be covered in lecture, but that does not mean that the material is not to be covered on exams. Lecture outlines are available on eCampus under the ‘Lessons’ tab.  Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time will be allocated at the beginning of each period to answering student questions.  


The 5 lecture exams will be composed of a combination of multiple-choice and free response questions. Responses to the multiple choice portion will be made via the eInstruction CPS Clickers.   Only the simple scientific calculators (nonprogrammable) will be allowed. The instructor will not loan calculators to students without the appropriate calculator.  All mobile phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stowed during the exam.  Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom.  The final exam will be comprehensive and all multiple-choice worth 200 points. 

Exams missed without timely notification of the instructor will be given a grade of zero. This means you must email or phone the instructor the day of the exam.  Make-up exams will be available to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.


The lab work consists of the best ten of eleven selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class.  Each lab activity is worth 15 points: 3 points for the Pre—Lab Questions, 2 points for an initialed and dated copy of the Data Sheet, 10 points for the Post-Lab Report and Questions.  Pre-Lab Questions, Post-Lab Reports and Post-Lab Questions are expected to be the students own work. 

Lab Quizzes

The five lab quizzes will include questions on chemistry concepts and calculations involved in the experiments as well as laboratory safety and techniques.  Make-up lab quizzes are available if students notify instructor in a timely manor.


The five (5) onlinehomework assignments will coincide with the 5 regularly scheduled exams and be due 11:55 pm the night before the exam.   Homework will be graded based on completion of assignment (questions required for the mastery of the material).  Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Online Web Learning (OWL) online tutorial and homework, a companion to you textbook. To access the homework you must have an access code which should come packaged with any new textbook. Access codes are also available from the publisher at


Short clicker quizzes will be given daily over lecture material. Each student’s best 10 quiz grades will be kept.



Formal Grading                                                                           Letter Grade (typical): 

  5 Major Exams (5 * 80)        =   400 points          A          =          900 - 1000

10 Quizzes/workshops            =    50 points          B          =          800 - 899

  5 Homework (5* 20)            =   100 points          C         =          700 - 799

10 Laboratory reports             =   150 points          D         =          600 - 699

  5 Laboratory Quizzes (5*20) =   100 points          F          =          ≤ 599

     Lecture Final Exam           =    200 points                 

Total                                   =   1000 points

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,  In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder

Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Problem Resolution:

 If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241,

Eating and Drinking:

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.





Lecture Topic

Lab Topic




Ch 1

& 2

Introduction; Atoms & Molecules


Density lab





Ch 2


Atoms & Molecules






Ch 3

Molecules, moles and chemical equations

% copper lab





Ch 4


Exam 1

Lab Quiz 1

Exam 1




Ch 4

& 5




Gas Laws lab




Ch 6

Periodic Table & Atomic Structure

Electron configuration

Periodic Behavior of Metals lab




Ch 7

Bonding & Molecular Structure

Exam 2

Lab Quiz 2

Exam 2




Ch 7

& 8

Bonding & Structure

Molecules & Materials

Models Lab



3/11- 15







Ch 8

& 9

Molecules & Materials


Titration lab





Ch 9

& 10



Calorimetry lab

Lab Quiz 3





Ch 10 & 11

Exam 3

Entropy & Kinetics

Exam 3

Rate Law lab




Ch 11

& 12




Lab Quiz 4; Equilibrium Simulation





Ch 12

Exam 4


Exam 4

Equilibrium lab




Ch 13


Lab Quiz 5

Electrochemistry lab





Exam 5


Exam 5





Final Exam